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THE FIRST DUAL SIM ANDROID IN MALAYSIA – CSL MI 350

I have written late last month on the soft launch of the Spice CSL MI 350, also nicknamed as SWITCH Dual. With the physical mobile phone in hand now, I would be able to describe more on its user friendliness. It’s running on Android 2.2.2 platform, with 5MP camera and came with WiFi functionality. Mobile users can simultaneously utilize 2 SIM cards, meaning one line can be use for incoming, outgoing calls and SMS/MMS while the other can be used strictly for internet browsing. Each CSL MI 350 would come in a small hard box with the mobile phone, AC adapter, mini USB data cable, Li-ion 1500 mAH battery, headset with extra ear plugs, quick start guide booklet and warranty card.

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Other than the specification given below, what else would expect from this promotional priced RM699 SWITCH Dual?

• Size
114.8 x 62.8 x 14.7mm
• CPU
Qualcomm MSM7227-1 with DSDS BSP
• Network
GSM Quad bands: 850/900/1800/1900
• Data
SMS, MMS, Email
• Display
3.5“ HVGA(480 x 320)
• Memory
512MB NAND Flash/512MB DDR
• Camera
CMOS 5MP
• Battery
Li-ion 1500 mAH
• Expansion Slot
Micro SD
• Features
GPS/AGPS
Bluetooth, FM

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The Pros:

The built is rather solid with a metallic feel and the size is just right to be fitted into my palm. It has just the right weight compared to the heavier CSL MI 300. It came with a 4GB MicroSD and a 512MB RAM. Touch screen sensitivity is real good. You can barely feel any lags at all. In fact, you might need to slow down a bit on the over sensitivity. Streaming and searching of YouTube videos was quite smooth. The device is preloaded with a number of social apps such as Blueberry Messenger, Blueberry Store, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. You can easily download more free apps at the Android Market. Browsing the internet would not be a problem even without inserting any SIM card as the unit has a built in WiFi 802.11n. It worked well in my home based WiFi without any problem at all.

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The Cons:

Although the built in camera is in 5MP with autofocus, the end result lacked the sharpness as would any other 5MP digital cameras and the colors differed a lot. This shot was taken within Dave’s Deli in Queensbay Mall with auto setting. The photo appeared in 36” x 27” in 72dpi. (Please click on the photo below for the actual size)

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The battery life span is rather short even if put on hold without much internet browsing or Facebooking. A fully (100%) charged battery would last approximately 10 hours. Thus, it would be quite inconvenient to carry around the charger plus date cable. Moreover, a car charger was not provided in the package which made matters even worst if you are always traveling around in your vehicle. With a wider touch screen of 3.5” HVGA, visual is quite good but then the virtual keyboard is still a bit of problem for big fingers people like me. Keying in alpha numerical characters would surely need lots of patience. Tilting of the screen was limited to a few angles and apps but that was not much a major problem. I had JAVA installed as well as shockwave player installed from the market but it still won’t load any flash based website. I’m sure there should be a way as playing FLV files from YouTube was not a problem.

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The Verdict:

The MI 350 might not be the best smart phone in the market, but it certainly has a great responsive touch screen with great preloaded apps. At RM699, it’s definitely cheap and would just fulfill the basic needs of a new Android smart phone user.

For more information and future developments, you can check out CSL Malaysia’s official website for more updates.

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SPICE CSL HAS PROVEN ITSELF TO BE THE TOP AGAIN WITH THE RELEASE OF THE CSL MI 350 – THE FIRST DUAL SIM ANDROID IN MALAYSIA

Spice CSL has once again proved itself in the telecommunication sector by establishing its brand name with yet another first product in Malaysia. With the release of the CSL MI 350, nicknamed as SWITCH Dual, the slim and executive looking mobile phone, would become the first Android phone of its kind in Malaysia with a switchable dual SIM card mode. One thing for sure, this model would also be available at an affordable price as always for everyone. Currently, they are planning to launch the product very soon on the market with a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM699. That would be a reasonable price too hard to resist for Android users compared to the other competing brands around.

CSL SWITCH Dual would simply the best Android phone available in town – Innovative, Prestigious & Affordable. Now you can switch between networks and browse the internet with ease by just a finger touch.

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Here is the information that you would want to know about the CSL MI 350:

• Size
114.8 x 62.8 x 14.7mm
• CPU
Qualcomm MSM7227-1 with DSDS BSP
• Network
GSM Quad bands: 850/900/1800/1900
• Data
SMS, MMS, Email
• Display
3.5“ HVGA(480 x 320)
• Memory
512MB NAND Flash/512MB DDR
• Camera
CMOS 5MP
• Battery
Li-ion 1500 mAH
• Expansion Slot
Micro SD
• Features
GPS/AGPS
Bluetooth, FM

Compared to the previous model of CSL MI 300, this new model would be almost the same size, except that it would be thicker by about 2mm. With a wider touch screen now at 3.5” HVGA, I’m sure it would have a less cramped virtual keyboard for big fingers people like me. 😛 Well, I can’t comment much such as which version of the Android OS they will be having until I have the physical phone in my hands. I’ll write more on the user-friendliness of the model when I get my hand on one soon. At the mean time, you can check out CSL Malaysia’s official website for more updates.

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HAVING THE GADGET OF YOUR DREAM

SMARTPHONE

Motorola has finally made a significant move by launching the Motorola Xoom, an android tablet that would be the first real competitor to the iPad and iPad 2 as it is the first and only android device that is running on the real android for tablet, the Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The Motorola Xoom made its first appearance in the CES 2011 was launched not long ago together with 3 other devices such as the Motorola Atrix, Motorola Droid Bionic and Motorola Cliq 2.

The key features of the tablet include support up to 1080p Video Playback, 2MP front-facing camera (video chat with gTalk) and 5MP camera that records 720p video, screen resolution of 1280×800 widescreen, 10.1 inch display, 1GHz dual core processor & 3D graphic acceleration with Nvidia Tegra 2, HDMI output and 1GB DDR2 SDRam. It came with 2 versions such as the GSM & CDMA 3G (4G LTE Upgradable) and Wifi only, just like the iPads.

As Motorola has already made that great leap by using Android 3.0, which of course would support any future software updates, I would definitely be on a look out for some unlocked cell phones soon. Who won’t want to own such cool gadgets right?

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QUEUING UP AT A PAYING COUNTER WITH EASE

PAYCOUNTER

Tap… tap… tap… tap… tap… ka… chink… Can you still remember how dreadful it was to go groceries shopping during peak periods in the old days? Those were the sound of the old cash register being manned by a weary looking cashier. I can imagine the stress the cashier would be in each day, having to manually key in the price of each items, especially those with huge purchases. It might be quite a norm then but still most customers do not have the patience to be caught in tens of minutes of long queues.

Today, with the foresight of good customer relationship companies, more counters are being opened up to ease the queues. Moreover, barcodes are so widely used on all products now to lessen the input time. All the cashier need is a POSGUYS to send the data into the system to be computed on the receipt with the total amount needed to pay. It’s as simple as that.

With the advancement of technology, more people would have saved up a great deal of time. Thus, life can be less stressful. More time can be spent with your loved ones to nurture a closer relationship.

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ARE YOU A SOCIAL GAMER?

SOCIALGAMING

With so many social networks available through the internet nowadays, you can practically find a steadily increase in the number of social games almost in any site you pop in. Social games are becoming a key aspect in people’s lives. About 60% of the social network users had at least got themselves involved in a social game, with more than two thirds started at the beginning of last year. Most of the social gamers were introduced through the mode of heavily promoted advertisements within the social networks, followed by a substantial numbers being drawn in by their social network friends.

From a survey, it was learned that two thirds of the social gamers play at least 2-3 games per week. One third of them play at least a game daily with a quarter of them logging into their game account several times daily. Surprisingly, those golden aged group surpassed the teen and middle aged group in social gaming. I guessed they have more time in hand after retiring from their jobs. Amongst those social gamers, 70% of them are playing for fun or to kill time, 25% of them play to compete with friends while one fifth plays to relieve stress.

From the current trend of social gamers, it looks as if social games would be here for a long time since there’s a significant growth in the computer games development market within these few short years. This is becoming a reality as no matter where you go, whether in subways, colleges, offices or homes, you can easily spot people playing social games on their laptop computers, tablets or mobiles.

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